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X-Men comics for March 25 2015

March 26, 2015

I’ve finally got this week’s comics up. Woot.

Uncanny X-Men #32, by Brian Bendis and Chris Bachalo. Scott welcomes Alex to the New Xavier School, which has been shut down. A flashback has the students less than happy about his decision. Scott says he’s going to turn himself in for Xavier’s murder. Back in the present, Alex wakes up to Scott packing. They talk about what Scott’s doing, and Scott says he needs to publicly accept the blame. Another flashback to the students, with Goldballs knocking Scott out, and Illyana grabbing Kitty and leaving the school. Back in the present again, Alex asks Scott what the Mutant Revolution was supposed to be, and a flashback has Emma asking the same thing. Scott says all mutants had left was threats. This is a great issue. Scott has a ton of great interaction. His scene with Emma is really good. It explores how complex their relationship is. I mean, it doesn’t touch on how it started with her abusing her position as his therapist, but the relationship itself, it explores how complex it is. Including his bitterness about her affair with Namor, and why she’s always willing to follow him. There’s some good stuff with the students, as they get angry at him for what they see as him breaking his promises to them, about training and protecting them. It’s interesting, actually – they had been starting to question Scott’s actions themselves, but they were still loyal, they still wanted to follow him, and they feel betrayed that he’s leaving them. And there’s also the Scott/Alex stuff. They’ve got a nice relationship here. They really care about each other. This is a really dramatic issue, even if the only action is Goldballs knocking out Scott. Definitely a major issue, well worth checking out.

Amazing X-Men #18, by Chris Yost and Jorge Fornés. Cyttorak isn’t entirely satisfied with the Juggernaut’s return. The Living Monolith is on the move, and the X-Men bicker a bit. Storm sits down, and says she’s been in a horrible mood, and hates it, and wants to go back to being joyful. She talks to Nightcrawler about how they used to dance. The Monolith wonders where the X-Men are. Firestar says the Sphinx got pretty big, and asks Northstar the biggest enemy he fought. He mentions the Great Beasts, and wonders what they’d do if they ever actually ran the world. They all just . . . talk. Storm apologizes for how she treated Colossus, and then they all tease him for being prone to sacrificing himself. He wonders if the Avengers give each other such a hard time, and Firestar confirms that they do. Colossus says they need to give Cyttorak a new game to play. In the meantime, the X-Men have to fight him. Colossus calls out to Cyttorak for a meeting. This issue’s great. I love that, in the face of an 800′ Juggernaut, the X-Men decide to just sit around a campfire and talk. The fact that the Monolith Juggernaut (Mononaut? Juggerlith?) just stands around wondering where they are is also really funny. There are some interesting conversations had, too. Colossus’ plan is also very interesting. Fornés art works well. He draws a really nice campfire hangout. And some good action, but mostly the campfire. Which I really did love. It’s this big, action-packed arc, it builds up to what looks like a desperate battle against a massive Juggerlith, and then it just . . . stops. In order for the team to talk about their feelings, reminisce, joke around. I love it. It really is a great issue.

Nightcrawler #12, by Chris Claremont and Todd Nauck. Warwolves! Nightcrawler lets loose against them. Rico and Ziggy decide to go after Voge himself. One of the Warwolves manages to get hold of Bess, and starts to drain her life. Rico and Ziggy manage to capture Voge and get him on the Blackbird. Nightcrawler manages to beat the Warwolves, and brings Bess back from the brink of death. A lackluster finale to a lackluster series. There’s very little to say about this, truthfully. It’s utterly bland and forgettable. The writing is bland, and the art matches it. This series was never strong, and it certainly didn’t have a big finale. Claremont’s just not a great writer any more.

Deadpool #44, by Gerry Duggan, Brian Posehn and Salva Espin. Deadpool cracks open a glass coffin, but finds nothing inside. Omega Red attacks him. Red steps on a mine and gets blown into the air, then Deadpool shoots him, then stabs him. Then he explains he didn’t kill Omega Red’s family. He says Omega Red can stop following the orders of the masters who gave him false memories, and that if he doesn’t, Deadpool can kill him. Omega Red agrees to a truce, but Shiklah shoves her hand through him from behind. Deadpool convinces her not to rip his heart out. After Deadpool and Shiklah have some sex, Deadpool leaves while Shiklah stays in the temple that interred great warriors. I think I can see where this is going. This is an OK issue. I kinda feel like Deadpool’s not funny enough. He makes some jokes here and there, and I’m glad the humour doesn’t dominate the book, but it does feel like it’s been toned back a bit too far. He’s too introspective, for too long. It’s out of balance. I also dislike Espin’s art. It doesn’t really work for me. So, I’m kinda meh on this book.

Wolverines #12, by Ray Fawkes and Ario Anindito. Deathstrike has weakened Sharp enough that Ogun is about to take over the body. Mystique sets into motion her plan to kill Fang. Fang teleports away, and brings Shogun with him. Fang damps down Ogun’s voice in Sharp’s head, and Sharp confesses to killing Wolverine. Sharp recounts their fight. Sharp doesn’t want Fang to kill him, so fights, but Fang says he knows revenge isn’t what Wolverine would want. We also find out who hired Fantomelle to steal Wolverine’s stuff. This was OK. We’ve finally reached the end of the Fang arc. Good riddance. Waste of time. This was a stupid arc.

That’s the X-Men titles, here’s a few non-X.

Guardians of the Galaxy #25, by Brian Bendis and Valerio Schiti. Beast is feeling depressed because he’s figured out that he can’t fix the damage he’s done to Space-Time. On Hala, Captain Marvel is trying to talk to the Supreme Intelligence, but he says the Black Vortex is a curse. The heroes want the Vortex to turn their friends back to normal, the Intelligence wants it put away for eternity and never again used. So, Plan B – steal it. Captain Marvel cracks the Intelligence’s tank, because Captain Marvel is pretty awesome. Nova grabs the Vortex and tries to leave, but it gets grabbed by one of the Slaughter Squad. Inside, the heroes are in danger of being overwhelmed, so Jean uses her little trick of turning psychic energy in physical energy. This means tapping into the Supreme Intelligence itself. Bendis’ Jean is an utter badass. And then . . . shit gets way, way worse. Seriously, the stakes get raised a ridiculous amount this issue. Bendis does some really fun character stuff here, and as usual with him, creates a really interesting debate, this time mostly between Carol and the Supreme Intelligence. He also gives Schiti some great action to draw. And Schiti – he’s awesome. You may remember that I loved Avengers AI. Schiti’s fantastic art was part of the reason for that. He’s a great artist, very expressive, and he gives characters real power. His action looks exciting. There’s also an excellent double-page spread that’s clever and horrifying at once. Followed by a splash that’s just awesome. This is an excellent issue, and really pushes this event to a much bigger level than it had been before.

Nova #28, by Gerry Duggan and David Baldeon. Nova’s got the Black Vortex, and is trying to decide if he should submit to it. He asks the Vortex to show him why he should submit, and becomes even more tempting, but then wonders about the cost. J’son tells Thane that the Guardians and the X-Men slaughtered his flock. He swears there’s nowhere the Vortex can be hidden from him. Nova, of course, is trying to hide it in his bedroom. Because where else is he going to put it. As the family sits down for dinner, the Collector knocks on the door. Pretty fun issue. It’s mostly a character-driven issue, as Sam tries to figure out what the hell to do. The end does advance the plot in a pretty notable way.

Legendary Star-Lord #10, by Sam Humphries and Paco Medina. Thane attacks Spartax, and encases the whole planet in amber. Star-Lord’s team arrives, and Jean can sense the minds of all the people trapped. That includes Kitty. Peter freaks out a bit about her, and says she was right that they should’ve destroyed the Vortex. Of course, Kitty phases out of the amber. And then it’s time for declarations of love and kissing. Illyana and Rocket return, with Gamora, Angel and Beast. And then the Brood show up. This is a very meh issue. It doesn’t even have as much character focus as Nova. It does advance the plot marginally, I suppose, but it’s not all that great a reveal. This is the weakest of the three Black Vortex issues this week. GotG was huge. Nova was kinda fun. This was just kinda also there.


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  1. My only real complaint is that it’s hard to line up exactly where Uncanny X-Men 32 takes place in the timeline. Otherwise it’s a fantastic character-focused issue.

    Amazing X-Men 18 is just fun, but has some great character moments too when a bunch of the X-Men realize how out of depth they are. Such a fun story arc, and the first in this run that’s worthy of the name “Amazing”.

    Yeah, the Wolverines Fang arc was way too long and completely put a halt to Mr. Sinister’s storyline, which is actually pretty fun so far. it would not surprise me in the least to find out that Wolverines’ sales dropped this month. X-23’s issue was good, but everything in this arc could have been explored in more efficiant ways, like if X-23 spent time with the X-Men after the Sinister lab raid and they asked her then “why are you hanging out with monsters”. Maybe either X-23 or maybe Junk could force Sabretooth to face what a monster he is through their heroic tendencies. Nope, let’s completely stall the main plot for 5 issues to retcon a somewhat obscure character into Wolverine’s life only to apparently kill him in the end. Fantomelle’s scenes are fun though, and 12’s last page reveal is kind of awesome.

    Pretty much agree with you on today’s Black Vortex chapters. Guardians of the Galaxy 25 is actually very good – probably the best chapter in the crossover so far. Nova is fun and character focused, but apart from the last few pages it doesn’t feel completely necessary. Star-Lord isn’t as good, but one can’t deny that it’s very dark.

    • Oh, and although I didn’t care about Thane either way before this event began, after Legendary Star-Lord 10, there’s no redemption for him and he deserves to die a horrible death by the end. Thanos is better than Thane in every way, in appearence, threat and personality.

      • Yep. Thane sucks ass. He was a lame character, his digital comic was lame, and now, on top of being lame, he’s crossed a Moral Event Horizon that means he can’t be a sympathetic figure any more. He’s now a straight-up villainous monster.

  2. I hated Uncanny X-men. I am not a big Bendis hater but his X-men stuff peaked in the single digits.

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